Rock­fish sea­son to open along with the Bay Bridge Boat Show

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Over 250 power­boats will be on dis­play at this year’s Bay Bridge Boat Show, which runs Fri­day, April 15 through Sun­day, April 17, mak­ing it a fine place to com­pare fea­tures, prices, and de­signs.

New fish­ing boats from some 30 man­u­fac­tur­ers will be on­site along with bro­ker­age boats. The show will also in­clude trawlers and cruis­ers up to 75-feet long, pon­toon boats, jet skis, jet boats, ski boats, bowrid­ers, in­flat­a­bles, kayaks, SUPs, and ca­noes. At least two dozen boats will be avail­able to try on the wa­ter dur­ing the show at the Demo Dock.

Show-go­ers will also find all the gear that’s needed to stay afloat and to land a big one. You can shop from more than 100 on-land ex­hibits spe­cial­iz­ing in the lat­est equip­ment, elec­tron­ics, and cloth­ing. Nau­ti­cal and fish­ing know-how will be avail­able at sem­i­nars through­out the week­end, in­cluded with the price of ad­mis­sion.

Joe Cap and Bill O’Brien of Shore Tackle and Cus­tom Rods will talk about fly-fish­ing tech­niques and demon­strate how to cast a spin­ning rod. The folks of the An­napo­lis School of Sea­man­ship and Ch­e­sa­peake Bay mag­a­zine will con­duct sem­i­nars such as Trou­ble Shoot­ing Your Diesel En­gine, Mod­ern Nav­i­ga­tion, Get­ting Your Cap­tain’s Li­cense, and Out­board En­gine Ba­sics.

The week­end ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin with an open­ing night BBQ Bash with mu­sic by Sean Het­rick and the Left­overs. You can re­lax by the pool bar or visit one of sev­eral beer sta­tions. Kids ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude face paint­ing and a moon bounce. Com­plete info and ad­vanced tick­ets are avail­able at an­napolis­boat­

*** Fish­ing re­port Spawn­ing pop­u­la­tions of striped bass are now in all of the ma­jor spawn­ing rivers and some spawn­ing has oc­curred in the Nan­ti­coke, Patux­ent, Po­tomac, and Chop­tank rivers. Some cold nights are not pro­vid­ing good con­di­tions for striped bass eggs and newly hatched lar­vae, but there are more striped bass wait­ing in the rivers and bay for op­ti­mum spawn­ing wa­ter tem­per­a­tures of 60 to 66 de­grees.

An­glers are re­minded that fish­ing, in­clud­ing catch-an­drelease, for striped bass is closed in spawn­ing reaches. There are ar­eas such as the Susque­hanna Flats, ar­eas in the main stem of the bay, and in the Po­tomac River where catch-and-re­lease is al­lowed. Fish­ing maps are avail­able on­line show­ing the dif­fer­ent striped bass ar­eas and dates as de­scribed in reg­u­la­tions.

Open­ing day of the spring rock­fish sea­son on the main stem of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay is Satur­day, April 16.

White perch fish­ing has been get­ting good in most of our tidal rivers as the perch de­scend down the rivers af­ter spawn­ing. Gen­er­ally, they can be found in some of the deeper holes in the mid­dle and lower sec­tions of the tidal rivers. Shad darts tipped with pieces of blood­worm or min­now or a sim­ple bot­tom rig baited with the same will work well. Chan­nel cat­fish are also a part of the mix when fish­ing close to the bot­tom.

Large­mouth bass are

be­gin­ning to show pres­pawn be­hav­ior in ponds, lakes, and tidal rivers. Male large­mouth are ex­plor­ing the shal­low ar­eas for spawn­ing bed sites. Fe­males tend to be hold­ing in tran­si­tion ar­eas in slightly deeper wa­ter, but will ven­ture into shal­lower ar­eas mid-day for a lit­tle warmth. In the tidal rivers this move­ment is of­ten trig­gered by a flood tide. Any kind of sunken struc­ture in th­ese tran­si­tion ar­eas is a good place to tar­get with grubs and sim­i­lar soft plas­tics or crankbaits.

North­ern snake­heads have moved into shal­lower wa­ters and they too are in a pre-spawn mode of be­hav­ior. They will tend to grav­i­tate to­wards any struc­ture they can find, es­pe­cially emerg­ing grass, spat­ter­dock, or lily pads. They will hit most any type of lure that comes across their path but noisy sur­face lures such as chat­ter­baits or buzzbaits can draw their at­ten­tion from afar. There are pop­u­la­tions of snake­heads spread through­out the Wi­comico River, the Nan­ti­coke, and the back­wa­ters of Dorch­ester County.

Crap­pie con­tinue to be found near sunken brush, fallen tree­tops, and bridge or dock piers. They tend to be hold­ing in deeper wa­ter and plac­ing a min­now or small jig about 2 or 3 feet be­low a slip bob­ber is a good way to catch them.

*** Duck blind know-it-all In 1876, Bos­ton Red Sox pitcher A.G. Spald­ing re­tired af­ter win­ning 241 of 301 games in just a four-year ca­reer. He pitched ev­ery game with balls he made him­self.

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